F.A.Q

How do I care for my Granite or Quartz countertops?

Quartz is a low maintenance countertop, unlike granite which typically requires a new protective top coat at least once a year which is roughly a 45 min process. These surfaces never need to be sealed, unlike some natural stone options. When doing daily cleaning of quartz and granite, a mild dish soap and water with a microfibre cloth is all that is needed.

Can I put hot things on Quartz or cut on the surface?

Quartz is better at resisting heat in comparison to laminate surfaces like Formica, but when compared to granite or other stone countertops, 

 

Quartz is not as heat resistant and care should be used. The resin component of the quartz surfaces makes it vulnerable to direct heat like placing hot pans directly from the oven etc. Trivets and hot pads should be used for hot pans or hot hair tools in the bathroom to keep quartz looking its best.

 

Quartz is among the most durable counter surfaces you can purchase, and they are scratch resistant under normal usage. It is not indestructible, as any surface can be damaged with extreme abuse, however quartz is durable and withstands well in normal usage. To keep its shine and luster, a cutting board is recommended when using knives.
What are the main differences between granite and quartz countertops?

Granite countertops are made from natural stone, formed by the cooling and solidification of magma. They offer unique patterns and variations. Quartz countertops, on the other hand, are engineered stone countertops made from crushed quartz mixed with resins and pigments. They are more uniform in appearance and offer a wider range of colors.

What are Granite Rock's service areas?

We have been servicing the Lethbridge and Southern Alberta area for years! We just opened our new location in Penticton, and we are excited to service the Penticton area up to Kelowna and down to the South Okanagan. 

Can I install granite or quartz countertops myself, or do I need professional installation?

While it's technically possible to install granite or quartz countertops yourself, professional installation is highly recommended to ensure proper fitting and sealing. Granite countertops, in particular, can be heavy and require specialized tools for cutting and shaping. Quartz countertops also require precise measurements and installation to ensure a seamless finish. Professional installers have the expertise and equipment necessary to complete the job safely and efficiently.

How do I choose between granite and quartz countertops for my kitchen or bathroom?

The choice between granite and quartz countertops ultimately depends on your personal preferences, budget, and lifestyle. If you prefer a natural, unique look with variations in patterns and colors, granite may be the better option. If you prefer a more uniform appearance with a wider range of color options and low maintenance requirements, quartz may be the preferred choice.

Does Granite vary in colour compared to the sample I see online?

Yes, Granite does vary in colour and pattern as it is a natural stone. As they mine the granite and cut further into the mountain, the granite will begin to change pattern and colour.

Can Granite or Quartz be repaired if damaged?

Depending on the damage. We can repair chips very effectively. Scratches and cracks are much more difficult to repair if at all. Scratches are difficult mostly due to that fact that the surface needs to be polished to remove it from the surface. A deeper scratch can be filled, but if linear, it is possible that it will not completely fade away. Cracks happen due to stress on the counter and follow either natural fissure lines in the stone or natural places where the tension would release based on the minerals involved. This can also be repaired and filled, however, it may not completely fade away and may still be noticeable depending on the stone.